Mr Philip Johnson
Chairman of the Cheadle Hulme School Board of Governors, Philip Johnson was a senior partner at accountants Deloitte until his retirement in May 2007, having been a member of the firm's Board of Partners, Chairman of the Deloitte Audit Committee and head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice. Philip was the senior partner in the Manchester office for a number of years.
His career, which spanned 30 years as a partner, centred on audit, mergers and acquisitions and investigations, including the investigation into the collapse of both Banco Ambrosiano and BCCI.
Philip is a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Yorkshire Building Society, a member of the Audit Committee of its Wellcome Trust and a member of the advisory group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the United States. In 2011 and 2012 Philip was President of the Federation of European Accountants (FEE), based in Brussels.
Philip is married with two daughters, one of whom attended Cheadle Hulme School. His interests are travel, sport and good food and good wine.
Mr Michael Birchall
Michael Birchall is a Solicitor and a Partner in international law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP. He heads the firm's corporate finance practice in Manchester and his work involves all aspects of corporate finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, financing projects and advising on corporate governance. For some 5 years he was the firm's partner in charge of graduate recruitment, overseeing the process of recruitment of around 40 graduates per year as trainee solicitors.
Michael read Jurisprudence (Law) at New College, Oxford University, prior to which he was educated at Lymm High School.
He is married with three sons, all of whom attend Cheadle Hulme School. He enjoys watching rugby from the school touchline, skiing and playing golf when time permits.
Michael was appointed as a Governor in January 2014
Mrs Catherine Boyd
Catherine graduated from Durham University and her career has included management roles with Marks & Spencer, in higher education and consultancy. She is Contracts Manager for APEM an Environmental Consultancy based in Stockport.
Catherine has also been involved in Medical Regulation for many years and Chairs Interim Orders Panels for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. The Panels consider whether a doctor's registration should be restricted while the General Medical Council investigates allegations about their conduct and performance.
Catherine is Chair of the Trustees of Family Link, a Stockport Charity. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Two of her children attended Cheadle Hulme School before going to university and her third is a current pupil.
Mr Hans van Mourik Broekman
Hans is a native of the Netherlands. He attended high school in USA at St Anselm’s Abbey School, Washington DC and then gained his Masters Degree with Honours in Classics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Following teaching positions at Plymouth College and Edinburgh Academy, Hans moved back to the USA in 1994, when he was appointed deputy headmaster at St. Anselm’s Abbey School, Washington DC.
In 1998, he was appointed headmaster of Subiaco Academy in northwest Arkansas. He led a capital campaign that enabled the school to renovate its academic buildings and sports facilities. In 2002 he became the first Principal of Pope John Paul ll High School, a brand new and now thriving school, in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
He was appointed 17th Principal of Liverpool College in July 2007 and took up the appointment in June 2008.
Since he arrived at the College, Hans has pursued an ambitious development programme which has included a major College-wide refurbishment and restructuring programme, an innovative partnership with the University of Liverpool and the introduction of Sixth Form international boarding. All this was rounded off with an excellent inspection report from ISI in February 2012.
In June 2012, Liverpool College announced that the Secretary of State for Education had accepted its submission to transition the College to Academy status (an academy is an independent school funded directly by central government). This followed a comprehensive and strategic review of the future options for the development of Liverpool College, led by Hans and the governing body. The government felt that the College’s submission, which included an educational plan and vision, would enhance and develop the educational opportunities offered by the College for current and future pupils.
Hans is married to Eleanor, a theologian and teacher, and they are the parents of five children.
Mr Barney Brown
Barney Brown is a founder and company director of The WorkCast Corporation, a technology services company which specialises in webcasting services and technology for the corporate market. Prior to this, he worked in management positions for global technology organisations, eg. BMC Software, QAS Experian and Compuware, responsible for sales, delivery and support of complex technology solutions and services to corporate clients.
He is married with three children, all of whom attend Cheadle Hulme School. His outside interests include most sports, especially rugby, golf and tennis.
Barney was appointed as a Governor in October 2011.
Dr Stella Butler
Dr Stella Butler has been University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds since 2011. She was educated at the University of Manchester and UMIST and has a PhD in the History of Science. She taught chemistry before pursuing a career in museums and libraries. She worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester between 1984 and 1990 and subsequently at Catalyst (the Museum of the Chemical Industry), Chetham’s Library and the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, where she was responsible for a £15 million refurbishment project centred on the Library’s Deansgate building. She is currently Chair of Research Libraries UK, a consortium of leading academic libraries and is a regular speaker at conferences. She is a Feoffee of Chetham’s Hospital and Library and a Trustee of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Both her children attended Cheadle Hulme School.
Mr Robin Cridland
Rob Cridland is the Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and an Executive Director of Revolymer plc, a polymer technology development and commercialisation company listed on AIM in London. Prior to this, he worked in a number of senior finance and commercial roles in both the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry (namely Renovo plc and GSK).
After graduating from the University of Oxford, Rob qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC and then worked in investment banking in the city of London.
Rob is married with three children, two of whom currently attend Cheadle Hulme School. Ln his spare time he is a keen scuba diver and enjoys keeping fit.
Rob was appointed as a Governor in January 2014.
Mr Peter Driver
Peter was born and brought up in Burnley, Lancashire, before attending Manchester University. After graduation he joined Greater Manchester Police serving in Manchester, Tameside, Bolton, Oldham and Stockport with spells in HR, Training, and Specialist Operations.
He has been involved in designing GMP’s promotion selection processes; has been head of the Force’s Training Evaluation, and been responsible for a variety of specialist functions such as Mounted Policing and Air Support. He has been a Firearms and a Public Order Commander. He was seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, assessing and reporting on the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces. He subsequently served with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the armed anti-terrorist police force protecting the country’s nuclear energy capability. He was responsible for all operational matters along with HR and Training branches. Since leaving the police, he has been engaged in Corporate Security Consultancy.
In his spare time, Peter was a member of the Territorial Army (TA). He served in the Royal Military Police and latterly was the Provost Marshal’s advisor on TA matters with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He has a degree in English Language and Literature from Manchester University and a post-graduate diploma in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. He is a graduate of both the Police Strategic Command course and the Army’s Command and Staff College. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration by the Queen in 1996 and received a bar to it in 2001.
Other interests include skiing, classic car restoration and whatever his family tell him to do. He is a past President of Peterloo Speakers Club. He is married to Carolyn who is a past chair of the CHS Parents Association and his daughter Kathryn attended the School.
Dr David Riley
Dr David Riley has been associated with Cheadle Hulme School for over 40 years, initially as a pupil and then as a parent with both his daughters attending the School and in 2001 became a governor.
In addition to his role as governor, Dr Riley is also a trustee of Cheadle Hulme School 150th Anniversary Bursary Trust and a committee member of the Old Waconians' Association.
Dr Riley worked as a General Practitioner before retiring from the practice in 2014. During that time he had a special interest in medical education. He is currently undertaking a Christian ministry training course.
As a governor, Dr Riley’s priorities are to maintain both the academic success and caring environment for which the School is known, and to develop further the social inclusiveness represented by the School’s founders.
Mr Chris Roberts
Christopher Roberts, a surveyor, has been with Bruntwood, a large property investment and development company, primarily based in the North of England, for 17 years. He is currently a Director of the business with particular responsibility for acquisition and development of new projects. He is also acting as Director of Manchester Science Park.
He is married with two children, a boy and a girl (his daughter currently attends Cheadle Hulme School Infants).
Other interests include most sports, rugby and golf in particular, but he has also completed a number of half and one full marathon.
Mr David Shipley
David Shipley, a Chartered Accountant, retired in 2001 from the accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, after 25 years as a partner in London and Manchester.
A former Foundationer pupil and boarder at Cheadle Hulme school from 1951 to 1962, David went on to read Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, following a student apprenticeship in the steel industry.
His career at PWC included responsibility for many of the firm’s major audit clients in the North West, financial investigations and the establishment of a public sector audit department in the region. He was a member of the firm’s national executive for the audit and advisory practice for several years. While a partner, he was seconded as Group Financial Director of Ferranti International Plc in the aftermath of that Company’s major fraud, and he was Integrated Professor of Financial management at Salford University.
He enjoys playing golf, skiing, fellwalking, classsic cars and the orchestras and theatres of Manchester. He lives in Alderley Edge and has three daughters, all of whom were educated at Cheadle Hulme School. David is also Chairman of the Trustees for the Cheadle Hulme School Bursary and Development Trusts, and a Trustee of Seashell Trust (The Royal Schools for the Deaf).
Mrs Joanne Squire
Joanne has been a Governor of Cheadle Hulme School since 1999. Joanne was born in the West Midlands and is a graduate at Bristol University. She has extensive professional experience of managing corporate change programmes and all aspects of Human Resource and Performance Management. Joanne joined the Executive Trainee Programme at Marks and Spencer before joining Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in 1991. At Accenture she was involved in managing large scale change programmes in both public and private sectors prior to becoming Human Resource Director. As Human Resources Director she helped build Accenture into one of the leading global consultancies in the world employing 215,000 people in management consulting, technology services and outsourcing.
Joanne has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Europe, the United States and Africa. She now works as a freelance consultant and angel investor and advises a number of start-up businesses. Joanne played basketball at National level and is a qualified fitness instructor. She is married and her son attends the School.